Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian

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Grant and Lee is a comprehensive, multi-theater, war-long comparison of the command skills of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Written by Edward H. Bonekemper III, Grant and Lee clarifies the impact both generals had on the outcome of the Civil War?namely, the assistance that Lee provided to Grant by Lee's excessive casualties in Virginia, the consequent drain of Confederate resources from Grant's battlefronts, and Lee's refusal and delay of reinforcements to the combat areas where Grant was operating. The ...

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Overview

Grant and Lee is a comprehensive, multi-theater, war-long comparison of the command skills of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Written by Edward H. Bonekemper III, Grant and Lee clarifies the impact both generals had on the outcome of the Civil War—namely, the assistance that Lee provided to Grant by Lee's excessive casualties in Virginia, the consequent drain of Confederate resources from Grant's battlefronts, and Lee's refusal and delay of reinforcements to the combat areas where Grant was operating. The reader will be left astounded by the level of aggression both generals employed to secure victory for their respective causes, as Bonekemper demonstrates that Grant was a national general whose tactics were consistent with acheiving Union victory, whereas Lee's own priorities constantly undermined the Confederacy's chances of winning the war.

Building on detailed accounts of both generals' major campaigns and battles, this book provides a detailed comparison of the primary military and personal traits of the two men. That analysis supports the preface discussion and the chapter-by-chapter conclusions that Grant did what the North needed to do to win the war: be aggressive, eliminate enemy armies, and do so with minimal casualties (154,000), while Lee was too offensive for the undermanned Confederacy, suffered intolerable casualties (209,000), and allowed his obsession with the Commonwealth of Virginia to obscure the broader interests of the Confederacy. In addition, readers will find interest in the 18 highly detailed and revealing battle maps, as well as in a comprehensive set of appendices that describes the casualties incurred by each army, battle by battle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621570103
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 773,652
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward H. Bonekemper, III is Adjunct Lecturer of U.S. Military History at Muhlenberg College. For over 34 years, he served as a U.S. government attorney for the Coast Guard's Department of Transportation, prior to which he served as a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He is the Author of How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War (1998), A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant's Overlooked Military Genius (2004), and McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse (2007).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Preface xi

Introduction: Why Grant Won and Lee Lost xiii

Civil War Timeline xxv

Chapter 1 Tough Beginnings and Mexican War Experiences 1

Chapter 2 1861: Open and Closed Doors to Civil War Command 17

Chapter 3 Late 1861/Early 1862: Lee's First Loss and Grant's Early Victories 27

Chapter 4 March-June 1862: Grant Wins at Shiloh while Lee Stymies McClellan 47

Chapter 5 1862-63: Lee Conducts a Costly Offensive while Grant Aims for Vicksburg 97

Chapter 6 May-July 1863: Lee Loses Gettysburg as Grant Captures Vicksburg 155

Chapter 7 Autumn 1863: Lee Lends an Assist as Grant Saves Chattanooga and a Union Army 247

Chapter 8 Early 1864: Both Generals Prepare for Confrontation 269

Chapter 9 Spring 1864: Grant Attacks and Besieges Lee 285

Chapter 10 Late 1864: Grant and Sherman Move toward Victory 321

Chapter 11 Early 1865: Lee Surrenders to Grant 349

Chapter 12 A Comparison of Grant and Lee 379

Appendix I Casualties in Grant's Battles and Campaigns 435

Appendix II Casualties in Lee's Battles and Campaigns 479

Acknowledgments 503

Notes 505

Selected Bibliography: Memoirs, Letters, Papers, and Other Primary Documents 625

Index 659

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